‘Basil the Rat’ (TV)


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Manuel’s hamster – which turns out to be rat – may cause the hotel to be closed down in the end.

This episode guest stars John Quarmby as Mr Carnegie the health inspector; David Neville and Sabina Franklyn as Ronald and Quentina; and Manuel’s filigree Siberian hamster called Basil.

This is a good episode for Manuel who names his ‘hamster’ after his boss that runs about the hotel.

The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘Fawlty Towers – The Complete Collection (Remastered)’ DVD, there’s a commentary with director Bob Spiers and there’s a commentary with John Cleese.

On Disc 3, there are 2009 extended interviews with cast and crew originally filmed for the ‘Fawlty Towers: Re-opened’ documentary. These include interviews with John Cleese; Connie Both; Andrew Sachs; Prunella Scales; Bernard Cribbins; Geoffrey Palmer; etc.

There are also in-depth interviews with John Cleese; Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales that were filmed for the original DVD back in 2002. Other DVD extras include the documentary film ‘Torquay Tourist Guide’; cast profiles for staff and guests; outtakes/bloopers and a cheap tatty review.

‘Fawlty Towers’ is a true classic of a series and it’s surprising that it lasted for only twelve episodes. These episodes can still be enjoyed today with their classic situations; bumbling and dysfunctional characters and a clever combination of clever writing and terrific performances by the cast and crew.

‘Basil the Rat’ rating – 10/10

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